MICHAEL, GABRIEL AND RAPHAEL, ARCHANGELS

Evening Prayer

God, come to my assistance.
 - Lord, make haste to help me.
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:
 -  as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever.
Amen. (Alleluia.)


HYMN
Angelus pacis Michael ad istam,
Christe, demitti rogitamus aulam,
cuncta quo crebro veniente crescant
prospera nobis.

Angelus fortis Gabriel, ut hostem
pellat antiquum, volitet superne,
sæpius templum cupiens favendo
visere nostrum.

Angelus nobis medicum salutis
mitte de cælis Raphael, ut omnes
sanet ægrotos pariterque nostros
dirigat actus.

Christe, sanctorum decus angelorum,
adsit illorum chorus usque nobis,
ut simul tandem Triadi per ævum
carmina demus. Amen.

Lord of the angels, Christ our loving Savior,
Send holy Michael down among our people,
That he may bring us peacee and true assistance
On our life's journey.

Gahriel's presence, strong, unseen and gentle,
Surely protects us if you will but send him
Into this temple, ever glad to help us,
Shielding from evil.

Send holy Raphael tenderly to heal us,
Bringing sa1vation from our hidden blindness,
And by his counsel may he guide our actions,
Each day and always.

May all the ange1s constantly attend us,
That we may join them praising the one Godhead;
This we implore you,Jesus ever reigning,
Joy of the angels. Amen.

Words: Latin, ninth century; : Caelites plaudant (Rouen), Christe sanctorum, Caelitum Joseph, Iste Confessor Meter: 11 11 11 5


PSALMODY

Antiphon 1: Your majesty is praised above the heavens, O King of the angels.

Psalm 8

How great is your name, O Lord our God,
through all the earth!

Your majesty is praised above the heavens;
on the lips of children and of babes
you have found praise to foil your enemy,
to silence the foe and the rebel.

When I see the heavens, the work of your hands,
the moon and the stars which you arranged,
what is man that you should keep him in mind,
mortal man that you care for him?

Yet you have made him little less than a god;
with glory and honor you crowned him,
gave him power over the works of your hands,
put all things under his feet.

All of them, sheep and cattle,
yes, even the savage beasts,
birds of the air, and fish
that make their way through the waters.

How great is your name, O Lord our God
through all the earth!

Antiphon 1: Your majesty is praised above the heavens, O King of the angels.


Antiphon 2: In the company of angels, I will sing Psalms to you, O God.

Psalm 138

I thank you, Lord, with all my heart,
you have heard the words of my mouth.
In the presence of the angels I will bless you.
I will adore before your holy temple.

I thank you for your faithfulness and love
which excel all we ever knew of you.
On the day I called, you answered;
you increased the strength of my soul.

All earth's kings shall thank you
when they hear the words of your mouth.
They shall sing of the Lord's ways:
How great is the glory of the Lord!

The Lord is high yet he looks on the lowly
and the haughty he knows from afar.
Though I walk in the midst of affliction
you give me life and frustrate my foes.

You stretch out your hand and save me,
your hand will do all things for me.
Your love, O Lord, is eternal,
discard not the work of your hands.

Antiphon2 : In the company of angels, I will sing Psalms to you, O God.


Antiphon 3: I saw the Lamb, which appeared to have been slain, standing in the center of the throne, and I heard the sound of angelic choirs around the throne.

Canticle – Colossians 1:12-20

Let us give thanks to the Father
for having made you worthy
to share the lot of the saints
in light.

He rescued us
from the power of darkness
and brought us
into the kingdom of his beloved Son.
Through him we have redemption,
the forgiveness of our sins.

He is the image of the invisible God,
the first-born of all creatures.
In him everything in heaven and on earth was created,
things visible and invisible.

All were created through him;
all were created for him.
He is before all else that is.
In him everything continues in being.

It is he who is head of the body, the church;
he who is the beginning,
the first-born of the dead,
so that primacy may be his in everything.

It pleased God to make absolute fullness reside in him
and, by means of him, to reconcile everything in his person,
both on earth and in the heavens,
making peace through the blood of his cross.

Antiphon: I saw the Lamb, which appeared to have been slain, standing in the center of the throne, and I heard the sound of angelic choirs around the throne.


READING          Revelation 1:4b-5
Grace to you and peace from him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven spirits before his throne, and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead and ruler of the kings of the earth, who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood.


RESPONSORY
Clouds of incense rose in the presence of the Lord.
  -  Clouds of incense rose in the presence of the Lord.
From the hand of the angel incense rose
  -  in the presence of the Lord.
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit,
  -  Clouds of incense rose in the presence of the Lord.


MAGNIFICAT (Canticle of Mary)
Antiphon: The angel Gabriel spoke to Mary and said: You will conceive and bear a son, and you shall name him Jesus.


INTERCESSIONS
The angels carry out God's will. Let us pray that we too may listen carefully for his voice and hear his call as we say:

                        We beg you, hear us.

That our prayers may rise like a pleasant fragrance before you,
- through the hands of your angels.

That our prayers may be brought to your altar on high,
- through the hands of your angels.

That we may proclaim glory to God in the highest and peace to his people on earth,
- with the multitude of the heavenly hosts.

That the angels may receive us at the end of our days,
- and lead us home to paradise.

That the holy standard-bearer, Michael, may bring into the light of your presence,
- the souls of those who have died.


Our Father…


COLLECT
O God, who dispose in marvelous order
ministries both angelic and human,
graciously grant
that our life on earth may be defended
by those who watch over us
as they minister perpetually to you in heaven.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.


May the Lord bless us, protect us from all evil and bring us to everlasting life. Amen.


The English translation of Psalm Responses, Alleluia Verses, Gospel Verses from Lectionary for Mass © 1969, 1981, 1997, International Commission on English in the Liturgy Corporation (ICEL); the English translation of Antiphons, Invitatories, Responsories, Intercessions, Psalm 95, the Canticle of the Lamb, Psalm Prayers, Non-Biblical Readings from The Liturgy of the Hours © 1973, 1974, 1975, ICEL; excerpts from the English translation of The Roman Missal © 2010, ICEL. All rights reserved. Used with permission.



 
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